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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Proverbs 6

 

 

Introduction
1Against suretyship;
6idleness;
12and mischievousness.
16Seven things hateful to God.
20The blessings of obedience.
25The mischiefs of whoredom.

Verse 1
My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,
if thou be
11:15; 17:18; 20:16; 22:26; 27:13; Genesis 43:9; 44:32,33; Job 17:3; Philemon 1:18,19; Hebrews 7:22
thou hast
To strike, or join hands, was an ancient form of entering into contracts in all counties and all ages.

Verse 2
Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
12:13; 18:7

Verse 3
Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.
when
2 Samuel 24:14; 2 Chronicles 12:5; Psalms 31:8
go
Exodus 10:3; 2 Chronicles 36:12; James 4:10
and make sure thy friend
or, so shalt thou prevail with they friend.

Verse 4
Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
10,11; Psalms 132:4; Ecclesiastes 9:10; Matthew 24:17,18; Mark 13:35,36

Verse 5
Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
as a bird
1:17; Psalms 11:1; 124:7

Verse 6
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
the ant
The ant has been famous in all ages for its social habits, foresight, economy and industry. Collecting their food at the proper seasons, they bite off the ends of the grain to prevent it from germinating, and lay it up in cells till needed.
1:17; Job 12:7,8; Isaiah 1:3; Matthew 6:26
thou
9; 10:26; 13:4; 15:19; 18:9; 19:15,24; 20:4; 21:25; 22:13; 24:30-34; 26:13-16; Matthew 25:26; Romans 12:11; Hebrews 6:12

Verse 7
Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
Job 38:39-41; 39:1-12,26-30; 41:4-34

Verse 8
Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
30:25; 1 Timothy 6:19

Verse 9
How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
How
1:22; 24:33,34; Jeremiah 4:14
when
Psalms 94:8; John 1:6; Romans 13:11; Ephesians 5:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:2-7

Verse 10
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
6; 23:33,34; 24:33,34

Verse 11
So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
10:4; 13:4; 20:4

Verse 12
A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
naughty
11:6; 17:4; 1 Samuel 17:28; Jeremiah 24:2,8-10; James 1:21
walketh
14; 2:12; 4:24; 8:13; Psalms 10:3,7; 36:3; 52:2-4; 59:7; 73:8,9; Matthew 12:34; Acts 20:30; 1 Timothy 5:13; Titus 1:10,11; James 3:6

Verse 13
He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
5:6; 10:10; Job 15:12; Psalms 35:19

Verse 14
Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
Frowardness
2:14; 16:28-30; 21:8
he deviseth
18; Psalms 36:4; Isaiah 32:7; 57:20; Ezekiel 11:2; Micah 2:1
soweth
Heb. casteth forth.
19; 16:28; 22:8; 26:17-22; Hosea 8:7; Romans 16:17; Galatians 6:7,8

Verse 15
Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
shall his
1:27; 29:1; Psalms 73:18-20; Isaiah 30:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:3
he be
2 Chronicles 36:16; Psalms 50:22; Jeremiah 19:11

Verse 16
These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
six
8:13; 30:18,21,24,29; Amos 1:3,6,9,11; 2:1,4,6
an
3:32; 11:1,20; 15:8,9; 17:15; 20:10,23; Deuteronomy 18:10-12; 23:18; 24:4; Deuteronomy 25:16; Revelation 21:27
unto him
Heb. of his soul.
Psalms 11:5

Verse 17
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
A proud look
Heb. Haughty eyes.
30:13; Psalms 10:4; 18:27; 73:6-8; 101:5; 131:1; Isaiah 2:11; 3:9,16; 1 Peter 5:5
lying
12:22; 14:5; 26:28; Psalms 5:6; 120:2,3; Hosea 4:1,2; John 8:44; Revelation 22:15
and hands
1:11; Deuteronomy 27:25; 2 Kings 24:4; Isaiah 1:15; 59:3-6

Verse 18
An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
heart
24:8; Genesis 6:5; Psalms 36:4; Jeremiah 4:14; Micah 2:1; Zechariah 8:17
feet
1:16; Isaiah 59:7; Romans 3:15

Verse 19
A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
A false
12:17; 19:5,9; 25:18; Exodus 20:16; 23:1; Deuteronomy 19:16-20; 1 Kings 21:10-15; Psalms 27:12; 35:11; Matthew 15:19; 26:59; Acts 6:13
that soweth
14; 16:28; 22:10; 26:20; 2 Timothy 2:23; James 3:14-16,18; 3 John 1:9,10

Verse 20
My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
1:8,9; 7:1-4; 23:22; 30:11; Deuteronomy 21:18; 27:16; Ephesians 6:1

Verse 21
Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
3:3; 4:6,21; 7:3,4; Exodus 13:16; Deuteronomy 6:8; 2 Corinthians 3:3

Verse 22
When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
2:11; 3:23,24; Psalms 17:4; 43:3; 119:9,11,24,54,97,148; Daniel 11:18-21

Verse 23
For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
the commandment
Psalms 19:8; 119:98-100,105; Isaiah 8:20; 2 Peter 1:19
lamp
or, candle.
Revelation 2:5
and reproofs
5:12; 15:31; 29:15; Leviticus 19:17; Psalms 141:5
the way
3:18; 4:4,13; 15:24; Jeremiah 21:8

Verse 24
To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
keep
2:16; 5:3; 7:5; Ecclesiastes 7:26
of the tongue of a strange woman
or, of the strange tongue.

Verse 25
Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
Lust
2 Samuel 11:2-5; Matthew 5:28; James 1:14,15
take
2 Kings 9:30; *marg:; Song of Solomon 4:9; Isaiah 3:16

Verse 26
For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
by
5:10; 29:3,8; Luke 15:13-15,30
a piece
1 Samuel 2:36
the adulteress
Heb. the woman of a man, or, a man's wife. hunt.
Genesis 39:14; Ezekiel 13:8

Verse 27
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
Job 31:9-12; Hosea 7:4-7; James 3:5

Verse 29
So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.
he that
Genesis 12:18,19; Leviticus 20:10; 2 Samuel 11:3,4; 12:9,10; 16:21; Jeremiah 5:8,9; Ezekiel 22:11; Malachi 3:5
toucheth
Genesis 20:4-7; 26:10,11; 1 Corinthians 7:1

Verse 31
But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.
if
Exodus 22:1,3,4; 2 Samuel 12:6; Job 20:18; Luke 19:8
he shall give
Matthew 18:25

Verse 32
But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
lacketh
7:7; Genesis 39:9,10; 41:39; Ecclesiastes 7:25,26; Jeremiah 5:8,21; Romans 1:22-24
understanding
Heb. heart.
Hosea 4:11,12
destroyeth
2:18,19; 5:22,23; 7:22,23; 8:36; 9:16-18; Ezekiel 18:31; Hosea 13:9; Hebrews 13:4

Verse 33
A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
A wound
5:9-11; Judges 16:19-21; Psalms 38:1-8; 51:8
and his
Genesis 49:4; 1 Kings 15:5; Nehemiah 13:26; Psalms 51:1; *title; Matthew 1:6

Verse 34
For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
27:4; Numbers 5:14; 25:11; Judges 19:29,30; Song of Solomon 8:6; 1 Corinthians 10:22

Verse 35
He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.
regard
Heb. accept the face of.
4:3; 7:13; 8:25; 2 Kings 5:1; *marg:; Isaiah 2:9; Malachi 2:9; *marg:

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 6:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/proverbs-6.html.

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